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Burton Latimer Heritage Society was formed in 2000 to promote an interest in the history of Burton Latimer and its people. Its formation was prompted by a gift of £2000 by Weetabix Ltd to Burton Latimer Town Council to refurbish a room in the council offices at ‘The Poplars’, High Street, for use as a small museum, later to be known as the Heritage Room.

It was felt that the museum would be best managed by a group of volunteers, rather than the Town Council, and a public meeting was called to gauge support. It was a successful meeting and the Burton Latimer Heritage Society was formed. In October that year the Heritage Room Museum opened with its first exhibition and continued to mount exhibitions, at first three times a year and subsequently twice a year.

The Society was granted charitable status in 2002 and has an executive committee of twelve trustees. Its present officers (elected in March 2019) are: Chair: Chris Long; John Meads, secretary; Ian Watson, treasurer. Other trustees are: Godfrey Bigley (minutes secretary), Linda Gregory, Ian Hebden, Janet Meads and John Peck. Since the 2019 AGM, the Society has lost two trustees, Trevor Cooper who has passed away and Nick Smith who has moved from Burton Latimer and resigned. As a replacement, Tony Dacre has been co-opted and will be standing for election at the 2022 AGM.

Councillors Jenny Davies and Ruth Groome are currently (2021) the Town Council representatives.

Click here to read the Burton Latimer Heritage Society Constitution

The Society issues four newsletters a year to its members; they carry news of the Society’s activities and articles of historical interest about the town and its past inhabitants. Copies of photographs from all the previous exhibitions are contained in a series of folders which can be seen when the museum is open. Regular audio visual presentations of ‘old Burton ’ photographs and other talks of an historical nature are a regular feature of the Society's programme and Coffee Mornings are held at least twice a year. Walks around the town led by Society guides take place in the summer - please phone for details or visit our Facebook page Burton Latimer Heritage

 In 2010, the museum moved from 'The Poplars' to rooms in the Civic Centre, once the town’s medical centre, which has the great advantage of being on the ground floor, unlike at ‘The Poplars’ where it was on the first floor. It also has a large free car park. A successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund meant that in 2011 the museum was refitted with modern conservation standard display cabinets and the research room with a touchscreen computer on to which have been installed forty Burton Latimer indexes with thousands of references to Burton Latimer people. There is also a microfiche reader which can be used to look at parish registers with baptisms 1558-1972, marriages 1558-1996 and burials 1558-1973, a large LCD screen showing old photographs and dozens of books with hundreds of photographs from past exhibitions and other general reference material.

2018 Annual General Meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the 2018 AGM, held at the Civic Centre 15th March 2018

2019 Annual General Meeting

Click here to read the minutes of the 2019 AGM held at the Civic Centre 22nd March 2019

2020 Annual General Meeting

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the AGM scheduled for March 19 was not held and because of the continuing social distancing advice the Trustees made a decision to cancel it. The annual accounts are usually agreed by members at the AGM, but as this was not possible they were circulated to the Trustees for their approval before being sent to the Charity Commission. This complies with the Charity Commission’s Covid-19 emergency advice.
The accounts are attached here for the information of BLHS members.

2022 Annual General Meeting

The 2022 AGM covering the year ending 31 December 2021, took place on Thursday 17th March. Two new committee members, Penny Lucas and Tony Dacre were appointed to replace Janet Meads who stepped down after 22 years, Trevor Cooper (deceased) and Nick Smith (who had left the area). Gwyneth Mellors was co-opted on to the committee at its first meeting after the AGM.
Click here to read the minutes of the 2022 AGM (to be approved and signed at the 2023 AGM)

2023 Annual General Meeting

The AGM covering the year ending December 2022 took place on Thursday 16th March. The Chair, Chris Long, stood down and retired from the committee. Tony Dacre was elected to replace him as Chair. The remaining officers and members were re-elected. Click here to read the minutes of the 2023 AGM, to be approved and signed at the 2024 AGM.

The main exhibition room
The research room


The Burton Latimer Heritage Museum, it is normally open, on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm except when exhibitions are being changed during July and August and over the Christmas/New Year period.  Out-of-town visitors should contact the secretary before travelling any distance to check if the museum is closed while exhibitions are being changed. The museum can be opened at other times by arrangement. Visits from schools or other groups are welcome.

The first 2023 exhibition is "100 Years of Progress" and marks the town's centenary, the village's Parish Council having been replaced by an Urban District Council in 1923 thus officially becoming a town. The exhibition opens on Saturday 4th March and closes on Saturday 24th June. There will be a Coffee Morning on each of these dates.

The Burton Latimer House Histories book
Burton Latimer House Histories

Burton Latimer Heritage Society has published a book telling the histories of over fifty houses in the town. They range in size from a two-room to a twenty-room house, each with a tale to tell. The houses are situated in every corner of the town and are passed every day by people who probably have no idea of the lives of people who once lived there or the history of the building itself. Several of them were once commercial premises that have outlived their original purpose and are now domestic dwellings; several were once farmhouses; for years, girls went to one of the houses that was being used as a “Preparatory School for Young Ladies” not knowing that the skeleton of a young woman lay under the front path; one house was blown up and has since been rebuilt; one is said to have a ghost; the cellars of one building were used to imprison military defaulters; two of the houses were used to accommodate Kettering Workhouse inmates’ children — and the list goes on.

The book costs £8 but it is now available as a package with the Society's DVD for £9.99. More details on the News page.


For general enquiries contact: Linda Gregory, Osborne House, 27 High Street, Burton Latimer, NN15 5LB. Tel: 07944083170 - email:

Secretary: John Meads, 46 Bridle Road, Burton Latimer. NN15 5QP Tel: 01536722722 

The museum is run independently by volunteers and for its running costs it relies on donations, the annual subscription of £7 per person or £10 per couple, from members of Burton Latimer Heritage Society and the generosity of visitors.

Those wishing to join the Society can send a cheque to our Treasurer (see below) payable to: Burton Latimer Heritage Society or pay by BACS. Account name: Burton Latimer Heritage Society: Sort code: 20-45-77: Account number:10604321

Treasurer: Ian Watson, 5 Virginia Crescent, Burton Latimer, NN15 5GB. Tel: 07792415657

Museum Relocation & Refit 2011